Synopses & Reviews
Disillusioned, disenfranchised, and disinterested in anything churchy, Susan E. Isaacs knew of only one thing to do when she hit spiritual rock bottom at age 40. . . . She took God to couples counseling.
In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Susan E. Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty--from early childhood to midlife crisis--and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home: Pentecostals, Slackers for Jesus, and the über-intellectuals who turned everything, including the weekly church announcements, into a three-point sermon. Casting herself as the neglected spouse, Susan faces her inner nag and the ridiculous expectations she put on God--some her own, and some from her "crazy in-laws" at church. Originally staged as a solo show in New York and Los Angeles, ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD is a cheeky, heartfelt memoir that, even at its most scandalous, is still an affirmation of faith.
"God in couples counseling? Sounds sacrilegious, but in the adept hands of comedian, writer and actress Isaacs, it's a success. Isaacs reached bottom at age 40: no job, no boyfriend, no home. Of course, she blamed God. So off they went to counseling with the ever-patient therapist Rudy. Isaacs moves easily between recounting her life story and her counseling sessions. She describes encounters with the Nice Jesus of her Lutheran upbringing; the 'Oakie' Pentecostal church and the militant counselor; the 'Rock-n-Roll' church and the 'Orthopraxy, Dude' church, plus her rocky acting career and her love life, including guilt-ridden sex and Mostly Mister Right. Isaacs readily admits to being snarky, but she's honest about her quest and its conclusion: 'I saw now all too clearly why I had married God: for the power and the glory. For the money.' Isaacs goes on a Job-like search for explanations from God, but instead finds the problem to be her. She's funny, biting, earthy and brilliant." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If King David were a woman, and were funny, he'd be Susan Isaacs. And the thing about this book is it surprises you. There are lines in it you won't see coming. You'll be handing this book to somebody else about a month from now thinking, Maybe this will help them understand me. You'll do that because it helped you understand yourself first."--Donald Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz
"Face it, folks, the church is made up of messed-up people all trying to deal with life. I appreciate writers like Susan who creatively face their issues with honesty and humor. ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD is a really fun read."--Tony Hale, actor
"Susan's brilliant comic idea of taking God to couples therapy is a terrific framework for the story of her personal journey of faith."--Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian
"Funny, biting, earthy and brilliant."--Publishers Weekly
In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty--from early childhood to midlife crisis--and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home.
About the Author
Susan E. Isaacs is a comedian, actress, and writer with many credits in TV, film, stage, and radio. She is an alumna of the Groundlings comedy troupe and contributing essayist for NPR's Weekend America
. She has written specials for DirecTV and is a contributing essayist for Sit N Spin
at the Comedy Central Stage and Show and Tell
at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Susan teaches screenwriting for the Act One Program and has spoken at Pepperdine University
's Screenwriting Weekend, International Arts Movement, and Inter-Mission:
NY. She and her husband, Larry Wilson, live in Los Angeles
. For more information, go to www.susanisaacs.net.